Category Archives: Forgotten TV


Forgotten TV: Come Back Lucy

The 1978 series holds more than a few surprises in context of the trope it employs that is a classic in British children’s fantasy. You know the one, where a child is sent away to live with a distant relative, sometimes because they are orphaned, sometimes because the parents travel or are too rich to actually have time for the […]

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Forgotten TV: Under The Mountain

This 1981 television adaptation of Maurice Gee’s 1979 book at least proves New Zealand children’s TV at the time wasn’t as embarrassing as your mind might conjure. At least this particular show can make that claim, being fairly compelling and well-directed for most of the time despite the inevitable clunkiness that will rear its head at moments. The story follows […]

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Forgotten TV: Knights Of God

Dystopian YA clutters the current landscape to such a degree that it’s hard to remember a time when such tales registered way below most people’s radar and were, in fact, a rarity. Maybe that accounts for how seldom you hear Knights of God evoked when talking about old television shows. Only broadcast one time ever in England, in 1987, and […]

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Forgotten TV: Star Maidens

That the so-called experts have crowned The Starlost as the worst science fiction television series ever shows how little  experts can be relied upon sometimes. Without getting into a diatribe extolling the virtues of The Starlost — I’ve done it before and I can do it again — I’d like to suggest the experts are wrong, and further submit outrage […]

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Forgotten TV: Noah’s Castle

There is probably no better moment to revisit this little-remembered British television show from almost 40 years ago, since no point in time has seemed more like the events portrayed in 1979’s Noah’s Castle (Amazon) than the present. Our 21st Century post-Bush, Obama years reality is one that sometimes seems to be disintegrating before our eyes, a situation similar to the one […]

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Forgotten TV: The Starlost

A lot of reviewers choose to bury The Starlost but I’m here to praise it. And I’m here to do so in celebration of the most unexpected iteration of futuristic television viewing I can imagine — The Starlost Roku channel (though the show is also available on DVD for you old technologists out there). You got it. A whole Roku channel devoted […]

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Forgotten TV: Codename Icarus

Paranoia seemed like it had an audience in film in the 1970s, but not so much in television, let alone children’s television, unless you count The Night Stalker. It wouldn’t become standard fare until the 1990s, when The X Files made such discomfort not only palatable, but preferable to genre series. That makes Codename: Icarus, from 1981, not only early […]

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Forgotten TV: Raven

Sometimes, you love things that you don’t actually like. Anyone with relatives knows the feeling. It is that way with TV shows, often ones from your childhood experience, but sometimes you encounter something as an adult that is quite something for what it is, even as it doesn’t quite hit the mark, and it touches you somehow. And so it […]

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Forgotten TV: Shadow of the Stone

This apparently very rare 1987 British TV show for kids admittedly feels like it’s a ‘70s show, but I think that’s one of its strengths, actually, since it veers into darkness while retaining a quality of innocence. Perhaps this is a result of the struggle between the nice enough script and the never-seen-a-performance-quite-like-this-on-a-kid’s show turn by Shirley Henderson. As the […]

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Forgotten TV: Sky

Created by the two gentleman that gave us K9 on Doctor Who – Bob Baker and Dave Martin, who wrote 32 episodes of the original Who series and some Wallace and Gromit, including the Were-Rabbit movie – Sky is psychedelic kid’s science fiction TV in the best possible sense of the phrase. Aired in 1975, it involves, superficially, an injured […]

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Forgotten TV: Escape Into Night

This ITV children’s series was adapted from the 1958 book Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr, which is probably a lot more familiar as the source material for the 1988 film Paperhouse, which was apparently nowhere near as faithful to the book as this 1972 version (though some accuse it of lifting the TV show’s visual style). I don’t remember enjoying […]

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Forgotten TV: Korg 70,000 BC

This show about the deep, dark times before any real recorded history was aired in the dead, dark times of Saturday morning television, full of non-ironic weirdness and delights, the early 1970s. This was my era of kids’ shows, and the one thing that fasciantes me more than the shows I did watch and enjoy are the ones that I […]

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